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About Michael Warshauer

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Areas of Practice:
  • Railroad Employee Injuries (FELA)
  • Railroad Crossing Incidents
  • Car and Truck Wrecks
  • Legal and Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions:
  • Georgia, 1983
  • Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1983
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: South Carolina Law Review, Member
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1980
    • B.S., Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, President
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America- Railroad Law Section, Chairman; Georgia State Delegate
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • United Transportation Union - Designated Legal Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association

Honors & Certifications:

  • Recipient of the 2009 Wiedemann & Wysocki award (given by the American Association of Justice)
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Georgia Super Lawyer (multiple consecutive years)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia
  • 10.0 AVVO Rating
  • Certified Advocate of National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice

Michael Warshauer is a plaintiff's trial lawyer. Michael believes that in most cases serious injuries do not occur in the absence of some carelessness. He is dedicated to the pursuit of the highest possible compensation for people who are injured or killed through the fault of another.

Michael has helped people recover compensation at the court house and in the office, in cases involving railroad employee injuries and crossing incidents, car and truck wrecks, false arrest, slip and fall incidents, malpractice by medical and legal professionals, and more. In addition to his vast knowledge of and love for railroad cases, he also enjoys tackling complicated product liability cases. These cases usually involve defective or poorly designed equipment or products that kill or maim consumers and workers. Michael enjoys sifting through intricate mechanical and scientific theories, detailed blueprints and other engineering matters to figure out a theory of recovery and how to explain that theory, in layman's terms, to his clients and to a jury.

Consistent with the firm's philosophy of keeping its clients informed about the law, Michael regularly teaches law to other lawyers as an invited speaker at continuing legal education seminars. He was recently elected President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.  He also frequently speaks at union meetings to educate railroad workers about the special laws which govern them. His knowledge of the Federal Employers' Liability Act has been published as a chapter in an encyclopedia of law.

Michael's continuous efforts to stay abreast of the law, to insist that clients are informed about their cases - the good parts and the bad, to properly prepare cases for trial - not settlement, and solid courtroom technique serve as the backbone of the Warshauer Law Group.

Published Works:
  • "Annual Survey of South Carolina Law", 34 South Carolina Law Review 125, 137, 1982
  • Chapter: "Railroad Law and Defenses," Georgia Jurisprudence-Personal Injury and Torts, 37:1-43-11, West Publishing, Volume 15, Chapter 40, 1994
  • "Surfing for Lawyers", The Verdict, 1998

Classes/Seminars Taught: (partial listing)
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury Seminars (ICLE Georgia)
    • *2010: "Preparation and Use of Demonstrative Evidence"
    • *2008: "Creative Use of Demonstrative Evidence"
    • *2007: "Getting the Small Car Wreck to Trial in an Efficient Manner"
    • 2002: "My Top Ten Tips on Presenting Evidence at Trial"
    • 2001: "Effectiveness of Mediation from Plaintiff's Perspective"
    • 2000, 1999: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire - Impeachment by Cross Examination""
  • GTLA Motor Vehicle / Auto Torts
    • 2007: "Opening 'Argument'"
    • 1995, 1994, 1993: "Trial Themes: A Trial Without a Theme is a Trial Without a Purpose and Without Hope"
    • 1992: "So You Have to Try the Case - Basic Ideas and Themes on Presenting the Case ... Proven Ideas that Work"
  • GTLA Annual Seminar
    • 1998: "Are You the Steamroller or the Pavement? Five Things that Make a Difference"
    • 1997: "Boilerplate Forms on Disk: How to Handle the Automobile Wreck Case Without Reinventing the Wheel"
  • GTLA Holiday Seminar
    • 2004: "Medicaid Liens"
    • 2002: with Lyle Warshauer, "Medicaid & Medicare: Are The Liens Valid"
    • 2001: "Jury Instructions and Law in Trucking Cases"
  • GTLA Torts of Sorts
    • 1999: "Trial Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence"
    • 1998: "Beating the Statute of Repose - New Ideas for Old Products"
    • 1997: "Suing Railroads: The Train May Win the Battle, But You Can Win the War"
  • Other GTLA Seminars
    • Ultimate Discovery Workshop, Aug 2005, "The Curious Work of Depositions"
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries, Jan 2004, "Opening 'Argument'"
  • ICLE Workshops
    • Group Mentoring, May 2010, Mentoring Group Leader
    • Winning Settlement Demand Packages, 2010, "Creating and Using Demonstrative Evidence and Technology"
    • Jury Trial, Feb 2010, "Recent Findings on Relating to Jurors"
    • Trial Skills, June 2010, "Demonstrative Evidence"
    • Punitive Damages, Sept 2009, "Punitive Damages in Trucking Cases"
    • Trial Skills, June 2005, "Cross Examination"
    • Winning Brain Injury Cases, March 2003, "My Top Ten Tips on Presenting Evidence at Trial"
  • ATLA Annual Convention
    • *2007, 2006: Railroad Grade Crossing Litigation Strategy Roundtable
    • 2006: "Novel Yet Unconventional Trial Tactics That Worked"
    • 2004: "The Train Usually Wins, The Crew Too Often Loses: A Multipronged Approach to Recovery For Crew Injuries Caused By Grade Crossing Collisions"
  • ATLA Conferences/Workshops
    • Litigation @ Sunrise, 2005: "Combating the Intervening Negligence Defense in Product Liability Cases"
    • *Railroad Grade Crossing Seminar, January 2005
  • *Beyond Workers' Compensation: Maximizing Your Client's Recovery for On-the-Job Injuries
    • June 2008, July 2007, March 2003: "An Overview of Georgia Product Liability Law"
  • Medical Malpractice Institute
    • 2002: with Lyle Warshauer, "Subrogation and Reimbursement: An Update"
    • 2001: "Mediation of a Medical Negligence Case From the Plaintiff's Perspective"
*Event chaired or co-chaired by Michael  Warshauer
For a more complete list of classes and seminars taught by Mr. Warshauer, visit http://www.warlawgroup.com/attorneys/Michael+J./Warshauer